For those families with children, we’ve got a special downloadable document, Helping Your Child Cope with the Loss of a Pet, with age-based guidelines, and suggestions based on what we’ve learned through the years.
We also offer you two other PDF documents:
And finally, should you want additional insights into coping with pet loss, we recommend these books:
When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing
Alan D. Wolfelt PhD
Companion Press, 1994
Affirming a pet owner's struggle with grief when his or her pet dies, this book helps mourners understand why their feelings are so strong and helps them overcome the loss. Included are practical suggestions for mourning and ideas for remembering and memorializing one's pet.
Goodbye My Friend
Mary and Herb Montgomery
Hervey's Booklink, 1991
We hear it time and again. “It was through tears that I read the book and it was through the pages of the book that I was able to come to grips with my loss.” The authors know that our pets are as valuable and important to us as any other family member, and have performed a great public service in writing this slim, yet powerful book.
My Pet Remembrance Journal
Enid Traisman and Herbert Nieburg
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, 2010
This grief workbook/journal/memory book was designed to help sort out feelings through writing about the relationship you shared with your pet, and your loss. The prompts are meant to help you deal with some of the emotions that need to be addressed so that you can release them. The format invokes the healing power of writing, and gives you an opportunity to take an active part in your own recovery and healing at your own pace.
30 Days of Grief Affirmations
Almost every family has experienced pet loss – including ours. Each of us knows that grief can feel unbearable at times, so we offer the families in our area the finest in bereavement care. This means access to our month-long cycle of email affirmations, Letting the Sun Shine In.
We feel very privileged to assist you in your time of loss, and will always do our best to help you find comfort from the heartache of grief. Know that you can call us any time, at (205) 592-0095.
"We have to believe that even the briefest of human connections can heal. Otherwise, life is unbearable." ~ Agate Nesaule
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